[2018-19 Guinness Pro 14] Round 17 (01-03/03/2019)

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  1. Bruce_ma_goose

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    Friday

    Leinster vs Cheetahs

    Saturday

    Connacht vs Ospreys
    Benetton vs Edinburgh
    Scarlets vs Munster
    Zebre vs Glasgow
    Blues vs Kings

    Sunday

    Dragons vs Ulster


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    The first three fixtures on Saturday are tasty and pretty much coin tosses.

    The key questions this week:

    Can Benetton put the boot into Edinburgh and close in on the playoffs?
    Is it last chance saloon for the Cheetahs?
    Can the Dragons throw a grenade into Conference B?
    Will the Ospreys grind out a win like wounded animals?
    Will me picking the Blues give the Kings a win?



    The answers are all No!
     
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  3. big ginger 8

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    Leinster:

    15. Dave Kearney
    14. Adam Byrne
    13. Rory O’Loughlin
    12. Conor O’Brien
    11. Fergus McFadden
    10. Ross Byrne
    9. Jamison Gibson-Park

    1. Peter Dooley
    2. Bryan Byrne
    3. Michael Bent
    4. Ross Molony
    5. Scott Fardy
    6. Rhys Ruddock (captain)
    7. Max Deegan
    8. Caelan Doris

    Replacements:

    16. James Tracy
    17. Ed Byrne
    18. Andrew Porter
    19. Mick Kearney
    20. Josh Murphy
    21. Hugh O’Sullivan
    22. Noel Reid
    23. Barry Daly.

    Cheetahs:

    15. Louis Fouche
    14. William Small-Smith
    13. Benhard Janse van Rensburg
    12. Dries Swanepoel
    11. Rabz Axwane
    10. Tian Schoeman
    9. Tian Meyer

    1. Ox Nche
    2. Reinach Venter
    3. Aranos Coetzee
    4. Walt Steenkamp
    5. JP du Preez
    6. Gerhard Olivier
    7. Abongile Nonkontwana
    8. Junior Pokomela.

    Replacements:

    16. Jacques du Toit
    17. Charles Marais
    18. Luan de Bruin
    19. Sintu Manjezi
    20. Marnus van der Merwe
    21. Henco Venter
    22. Rudy Paige
    23. Shaun Venter.


    Connacht
    15. Tiernan O’Halloran
    14. Stephen Fitzgerald
    13. Tom Farrell
    12. Peter Robb
    11. Matt Healy
    10. Kyle Godwin
    9. Kieran Marmion

    1. Denis Buckley
    2. Shane Delahunt
    3. Finlay Bealham
    4. Quinn Roux
    5. Ultan Dillane
    6. Eoin McKeon
    7. Colby Fainga’a
    8. Jarrad Butler (captain)

    Replacements:

    16. Tom McCartney
    17. Peter McCabe
    18. Conor Carey
    19. James Cannon
    20. Paul Boyle
    21. Caolin Blade
    22. Tom Daly
    23. Cian Kelleher

    Ospreys (v Connacht):
    15. Dan Evans
    14. Hanno Dirksen
    13. Cory Allen
    12. James Hook
    11. Keelan Giles
    10. Luke Price
    9. Matthew Aubrey

    1. Jordan Lay
    2. Scott Baldwin
    3. Tom Botha
    4. James King
    5. Bradley Davies
    6. Olly Cracknell (captain)
    7. Sam Cross
    8. Rob McCusker

    Replacements:

    16. Scott Otten
    17. Rowan Jenkins
    18. Ma’afu Fia
    19. Lloyd Ashley
    20. Will Griffiths
    21. Harri Morgan
    22. Tom Williams
    23. Luke Morgan


    Ulster
    Louis Ludik
    Robert Baloucoune
    Darren Cave
    Stuart McCloskey
    Rob Lyttle
    Billy Burns
    John Cooney

    Eric O’Sullivan
    Rob Herring
    Marty Moore
    Alan O’Connor (Captain)
    Kieran Treadwell
    Sean Reidy
    Jordi Murphy
    Nick Timoney



    Replacements
    Andrew Warwick
    John Andrew
    Wiehahn Herbst
    Ian Nagle
    Matthew Rea
    David Shanahan
    James Hume
    Peter Nelson

    Dragons (v Ulster)
    Jordan Williams
    Hallam Amos
    Adam Warren
    Jarryd Sage
    Dafydd Howells
    Josh Lewis
    Rhodri Williams

    Brok Harris
    Richard Hibbard (Captain)
    Lloyd Fairbrother
    Joe Davies
    Matthew Screech
    Huw Taylor
    Taine Basham
    Harri Keddie

    Replacements
    Rhys Lawrence
    Josh Reynolds
    Leon Brown
    Max Williams
    Lennon Greggains
    Tavis Knoyle
    Jason Tovey
    Tyler Morgan


    Scarlets
    15. Leigh Halfpenny
    14. Ioan Nicholas
    13. Kieron Fonotia (captain)
    12. Paul Asquith
    11. Johnny McNicholl
    10. Dan Jones
    9. Kieran Hardy

    1. Wyn Jones
    2. Ryan Elias
    3. Werner Kruger
    4. Josh Helps
    5. Lewis Rawlins
    6. Josh Macleod
    7. Dan Davis
    8. Uzair Cassiem

    Replacements:



    16. Marc Jones

    17. Phil Price
    18. Javan Sebastian
    19. Tom Price
    20. Will Boyde
    21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
    22. Rhys Patchell
    23. Steff Evans

    Munster:
    15. Mike Haley
    14. Ronan O’Mahony
    13. Dan Goggin
    12. Rory Scannell
    11. Darren Sweetnam
    10. Bill Johnston
    9. Alby Mathewson

    1. Jeremy Loughman
    2. Rhys Marshall
    3. John Ryan
    4. Jean Kleyn
    5. Billy Holland (captain)
    6. Fineen Wycherley
    7. Conor Oliver
    8. Arno Botha

    Replacements:

    16. Kevin O’Byrne
    17. Liam O’Connor
    18. Stephen Archer
    19. Darren O’Shea
    20. Jack O’Donoghue
    21. Neil Cronin
    22. Tyler Bleyendaal
    23. Jaco Taute
     
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  4. Leinster Fan

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    And that's Conference B mathematically wrapped up. In early March. And here I was told we were disrespecting the league.
     
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    Leinster's win against the Cheetahs was an appalling game. I was looking forward to seeing the Cheetahs because they like to throw the ball around but tonight they just kicked everything. The first half in particular was a snoozefest reminiscent of what the ELVs were in operation around a decade ago.

    Still, top of the table with 4 rounds to go affords Leinster the chance to mix and match their squad wildly for the final few rounds.
     
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    Huge game for Benetton today, if they will find a way to win they will be in a good position to achieve what would be a historical result for italian rugby. Great to see them keeping on with the improvement after last season's good results. Crowley decided to stick almost completely with the same players that destroyed the Dragons last week and not using many of the guys released form the NT. The squad will be again a mix of young and promising italian and quality SH players, with the addition of McKinley at 10.
    Edinburgh will be without Mata and van der Merwe, obviously a big blow for them. It will be a very interesting match!

    Benetton Rugby: Luca Sperandio, Ratuva Tavuyara, Marco Zanon, Alberto Sgarbi (c), Monty Ioane, Ian McKinley, Dewaldt Duvenage, Toa Halafihi, Giovanni Pettinelli, Marco Lazzaroni, Niccolò Cannone, Irné Herbst, Marco Riccioni, Tomas Baravalle, Nicola Quaglio

    Replacements: Hame Faiva, Derrick Appiah, Tiziano Pasquali, Robert Barbieri, Marco Barbini, Giorgio Bronzini, Antonio Rizzi, Tommaso Benvenuti

    Edinburgh Rugby: Tom Brown, Damien Hoyland, James Johnstone, Chris Dean, Jack Blain, Jaco van der Walt, Henry Pyrgos (c), Pierre Schoeman, David Cherry, WP Nel, Fraser McKenzie, Callum Hunter-Hill, Luke Crosbie, Hamish Watson, Ally Miller

    Replacements: Ross Ford, Rory Sutherland, Pietro Ceccarelli, Ben Toolis, Senitiki Nayalo, Nathan Fowles, Simon Hickey, Mark Bennett
     
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    Well we are hit and miss today. But a win will be needed
     
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    High key supporting Munster until the final. A Leinster v Munster final in Glasgow will be lit!
     
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    6 packs of buckfast
     
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    Anyone know why the Connaught vs Ospreys ain’t on Prem Sport?
     
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    Connacht are looking good. Marmion is playing well, which is good from an Irish perspective.
     
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    Is there anything more quintessentially Connacht than messing up two consecutive set pieces in the opposition 22 against 13 men?
     
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    Benetton did it, though Rizzi's try was unclear to me.

    Both teams were too afraid of losing the game.

    Benetton has a huge opportunity this season to reach the play-offs, having a lead of 8 points against Edinburgh and maybe 9 with Scarlets (if Munster does its job), but the road will be bumpy, considering that the have to play in Galway and Dublin before hosting Munster. Getting only the 5 points against Zebre in last round probably will not be enough. Specially if Scarlets beat Edinburgh.

    As per the game itself, I have hope in Cannone and Rizzi. They are playing great, all things considered
     
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    It was, was it not?
     
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    Great result, even if the performance wasn't that great.

    I agree that Rizzi's try was unclear but I think there was a case for a tackle without the ball on him and a penalty try. Also, they were playing an advantage right in front of the posts and so the worst case scenario was getting 3 points and 11-10 up. And it's not like Edinburgh went close to score even three points after that moment...

    I also agree that there's still some real work to do to get a top 3 spot in the Conference but this is a huge result and a great season so far for Benetton!

    Great to see some young guys giving their contribution as well, there is still hope for italian rugby.
     
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    To be honest I think @bushytop would have been happier not watching.
     
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    Munster a disgrace so far. Haley should be arrested for murdering a sure try there. So incredibly selfish. Ball handling and effort against a beatable side is shameful
     
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    Munster have been woeful. 78% possession and three points in 38 minutes.

    Although they're now up to the heady heights of 6.
     
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    I couldn’t get it on my Virgin TiVo... I assume it was on Prem Sports 1 but all I got on my menu was ‘This is Premier Sports’ that simply had a freeze frame of three dudes in a studio... who ‘looked’ American to my untrained eye.

    As @Leinster Fan suggests though... it was probably for the best.
     
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    Great results for Connacht and Benetton. If Treviso can make the playoffs it'll be a brilliant day for rugby.

    Ospreys performance against Connacht was shameful though. The score of 46-5 flattered them. Their try came was a chargedown off the otherwise excellent Godwin, who was very good at 10. Marmion had a great game as well.

    Leinster game was nothing special but there was some positives. Deegan was excellent, deserves some games at 8 despite doing impressively at flanker. Doris doesn't quite look ready at this level yet. Conor O'Brien continued his strong season, and O'Loughlin was great.
     
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    Who knows what has been going through the minds of the Ospreys players of late... constant stress is exhausting.
     
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